Theatre at the End of the World

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Abstract

Robson addresses the relation between affect and politics by offering a response to two contemporary Scottish plays, Swallow, by Stef Smith (Swallow, Nick Hern Books, 2015), and Heads Up, by Kieran Hurley (Heads Up, Oberon, 2016). Both plays offer visions of personal and political catastrophe, and Robson relates them to work in recent European philosophy and political theory. In particular, Robson turns to Jean-Luc Nancy’s rethinking of Martin Heidegger’s understanding of fear, relating the creation of worlds to what Nancy calls compassion. Avoiding nihilism, Robson argues that reading Nancy’s work alongside the two plays reveals how imagining the end of the world can paradoxically allow for a negation of the present in which it is possible to find hope.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAffects in Twenty-First Century British Theatre
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Feeling on Page and Stage
EditorsMireia Aragay, Cristina Delgado-Garcia, Martin Middeke
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter12
Pages239-256
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030584863
ISBN (Print)9783030584856
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • theatre
  • affect
  • contemporary

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